Thursday, June 14, 2012

Cherry & Coke Brownie Bites

These little brownie bites are so cute and suspiciously reminiscent of Black Forest Cake. I didn't plan it that way but that's how they turned out. I made these with Coke to put a twist on a Coke Cake with Coke brownies as my goal. I think the cherry in the center looks pretty and really adds to the cherry flavor of the bites. The star shaped frosting also makes adorable flowers if you wanted to go that direction. I put white centers in a few of them (I didn't take pictures though) and they were really cute. 

You could also use fresh cherries probably and it would give it a different but still delicious cherry flavor. I was also thinking for Christmas green cherries in some and red cherries in others might be fun :). I'm a little wild like that, and I do know it's June. I have a while to go before I think about winter treats. Let stick with these for now :) Happy Baking!

Cherry & Coke Brownie Bites
Makes 30 mini brownies

- 1 cup Coke (Cherry Coke if desired)
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup butter, melted
- ¾ cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 whole eggs
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips
- 30 maraschino cherries

- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 packet Cherry Vanilla Flavor Mix (Duncan Hines)

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 30 mini muffin cups and set aside.
2. In a saucepan stir together Cherry Coke and granulated sugar. Bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes until it reaches a syrupy consistency. Set aside to cool for about 10 minutes.
3. In a mixing bowl, mix together butter, brown sugar, and vanilla. Add eggs and mix until well blended. Add the Cherry Coke mixture and mix until combined.
4. Sift together the flour, salt, and cocoa powder. Add into the butter mixture and stir until well blended. Stir in mini chocolate chips.
5. Evenly divide the batter between the prepared mini muffin cups filling them about 4/5th’s full.
6. Place one cherry in each cup pressing until it is almost covered.
7. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes, then remove from pan onto a cooling rack.
8. Frosting: In a mixer blend together the butter, powdered sugar, and Cherry Vanilla Flavor Mix until blended well. Pipe or spread the frosting onto the brownie bites. Serve.  

This is an original recipe

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